A West Knoxville couple will be appearing on an upcoming episode of HGTV's "Log Cabin Living."
Matt and Angie Lousteau wanted to find somewhere near the Smokies where their family could unplug. Little did they know that search would be happening just two weeks before wildfires spread through the area.
Their realtor Kelly O'Connor who works for Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace heard about the show, and they signed up.
The couple looked at three properties as part of the show. One property was way up in the mountains of Pigeon Forge. The others were in Wears Valley and on Douglas Lake.
When they taped the episode, smoke from the Neddy Mountain fire in Cocke County was making it difficult for crews to film in some of the higher spots.
"We had these stunning views but we couldn’t really see them," Angela Lousteau explained,
Filming wrapped up and the couple made their choice.
Two weeks later, they learned one of the properties burned down after the Chimney Tops 2 fire spread out of control.
“We started looking at the maps when everyone had started looking at what had been destroyed once you could get in there," said Angela.
When their episode airs, the Loutsteaus and their realtor hope it brings more national attention to the Smokies and encourages people to visit.
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